What does Magnify mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
δοξάζω to think 1
וְיִתְגַּדֵּל֙ to grow 1
וְהִתְגַּדִּלְתִּי֙ to grow 1
גַּדְּל֣וּ to grow 1
וַאֲגַדְּלֶ֥נּוּ to grow 1
תַשְׂגִּ֣יא to increase 1

Definitions Related to Magnify

H1431


   1 to grow, become great or important, promote, make powerful, praise, Magnify, do great things.
      1a (Qal).
         1a1 to grow up.
         1a2 to become great.
         1a3 to be magnified.
      1b (Piel).
         1b1 to cause to grow.
         1b2 to make great, powerful.
         1b3 to Magnify.
      1c (Pual) to be brought up.
      1d (Hiphil).
         1d1 to make great.
         1d2 to Magnify.
         1d3 to do great things.
      1e (Hithpael) to Magnify oneself.
      

H7679


   1 to increase, grow, Magnify, grow great.
      1a (Hiphil).
         1a1 to make great.
         1a2 to Magnify, laud.
         

G1392


   1 to think, suppose, be of opinion.
   2 to praise, extol, Magnify, celebrate.
   3 to honour, do honour to, hold in honour.
   4 to make glorious, adorn with lustre, clothe with splendour.
      4a to impart glory to something, render it excellent.
      4b to make renowned, render illustrious.
         4b1 to cause the dignity and worth of some person or thing to become manifest and acknowledged.
         

Frequency of Magnify (original languages)

Frequency of Magnify (English)

Dictionary

King James Dictionary - Magnify
MAGNIFY, L. magnifico magnus, great, and facio, to make.
1. To make great or greater to increase the apparent dimensions of a body. A convex lens magnifies the bulk of a body to the eye. 2. To make great in representation to extol to exalt in description or praise. The embassador magnified the king and queen. 3. To extol to exalt to elevate to raise in estimation. Thee that day
Thy thunders magnified.
The Lord magnified Solomon exceedingly. 1 Chronicles 29 .
To magnify one's self, to raise in pride and pretensions.
He shall magnify in his heart. Daniel 8
Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words - Magnify
A. Verb.
Gâdal (גָּדַל, Strong's #1431), “to become strong, grow up, be great or wealthy, evidence oneself as great (magnified), be powerful, significant, or valuable.” This verb occurs elsewhere only in Ugaritic and Arabic; it is not attested in biblical Aramaic or post-biblical Hebrew. In other Semitic languages the meaning of the word is generally represented by roots with the radicals rbh, and such a root exists in biblical Hebrew as a synonym of gâdal. These two synonyms differ, however, inasmuch as gâdal does not refer to numerical increase (except perhaps in Gen. 48:19). The Bible attests gâdal about 120 times and in every period.
This verb can signify the increasing of size and age as with the maturing process of human life: “And the child grew, and was weaned …” (Gen. 21:8). The word also depicts the “growing up” of animals (2 Sam. 12:3) and plants (Isa. 44:14) and the maturing of animal horns (Dan. 8:9) and other growing things. In the intensive stem gâdal indicates that this rearing has occurred: “… I have nourished and brought up children …” (Isa. 1:2). This stem may also imply permission: “… [1] shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow” (Num. 6:5).
Gâdal can represent the status of “being great or wealthy.” Abraham’s servant reported: “And the Lord hath blessed my master greatly; and he is become great …” (Gen. 24:35)—here the word represents the conclusion of a process. In the intensive stem the verb sets forth a fact, as when God said: “And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great …” (Gen. 12:2—the first biblical occurrence of the verb).
This word is sometimes used with the meaning “to be great, to evidence oneself as great”: “And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my Lord be great, according as thou hast spoken …” (Num. 14:17). Moses is praying that God will demonstrate that He is truly great, even as He has said, and do so not by destroying His people. Such an act (destroying Israel) would make onlookers conclude that God was not able to accomplish what He had promised. If, however, He would bring Israel into Palestine, this would exhibit His greatness before the nations. This same sense appears in 2 Sam. 7:22, except with the added overtone of “magnified,” “praised as great”: “Wherefore thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God besides thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.”
Another emphasis of gâdal is “to be great, powerful, important, or valuable.” This nuance arises when the word is applied to kings. Pharaoh said to Joseph: “Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater [2] than thou” (Gen. 41:40). The Messiah “shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth” (Mic. 5:4); He will be powerful to the ends of the earth. The nuance “to be valuable” appears in 1 Sam. 26:24 when David said to Saul: “And, behold, as thy life was much set by this day in mine eyes, so let my life be much set by in the eyes of the Lord, and let him deliver me out of all tribulation.” In this statement the second use of the verb is in the intensive stem. Perhaps the force of this could be expressed if one were to translate: “So may my life be very highly valued.…”
In the reflexive stem gâdal may signify “to magnify oneself.” God says: “Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations …” (Ezek. 38:23). The context shows that He will bring judgment. In this way He “magnifies Himself,” or shows Himself to be great and powerful. On the other hand, a false statement of greatness and power is an empty boast. So gâdal can mean “to boast”: “Shall the axe boast itself against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against him that shaketh it?” (Isa. 10:15). In the causative stem the verb may signify “to assume great airs”: “If indeed ye will magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach …” (Job 19:5). A nuance appears in Job 7:17, where gâdal is in the intensive stem, suggesting an estimation of greatness: “What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?” (Ps. 8:4). When man is so insignificant, why then does God esteem him so important?
B. Nouns.
Gedûlâh (גְּדוּלָּה, Strong's #1420), “greatness; great dignity; great things.” This noun occurs 12 times. It means “greatness” in Ps. 71:21: “Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.” Gedûlâh may refer also to “great dignity” (Esth. 6:3) and to “great things” (2 Sam. 7:21).
Gôdel (גֹּדֶל, Strong's #1433), “greatness.” This noun appears 13 times. Gôdel means “greatness” in terms of size (Ezek. 31:7), of divine power (Ps. 79:11), of divine dignity (Deut. 32:3), of divine majesty (Deut. 3:24), of divine mercy (Num. 14:19), or of the false greatness of one’s heart (insolence; Isa. 9:9).
Migdâl (מִגְדָּלָה, Strong's #4026), “strong place; wooden podium.” This noun, which occurs 49 times, usually refers to a tower or a “strong place” (Gen. 11:4-5), but it also occurs once to refer to a “wooden podium”: “And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood …” (Neh. 8:4).
C. Adjectives.
Gâdôl (גָּדֹל, Strong's #1419), “great.” The adjective gadol is the most frequently appearing word related to the verb gadal (about 525 times). Gâdôl is used of extended dimension (Gen. 1:21), of number (Gen. 12:2), of power (Deut. 4:37), of punishment (Gen. 4:13), and of value or importance (Gen. 39:9).
The verb gadal and the related adjective gâdôl may each be used to make distinctive statements. In Hebrew one may say “he is great” both by using the verb alone and by using the pronoun and the adjective gâdôl. The first sets forth a standing and existing condition—so Mal. 1:5 could be rendered: “The Lord is magnified beyond the borders of Israel.” The second construction announces newly experienced information to the recipient, as in Isa. 12:6: “… Great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.” This information was known previously, but recent divine acts have made it to be experienced anew. The emphasis is on the freshness of the experience.
Another adjective gadel means “becoming great; growing up.” This verbal adjective occurs 4 times, once in Gen. 26:13: “And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great.”
Webster's Dictionary - Magnify
(1):
(v. i.) To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of objects; as, some lenses magnify but little.
(2):
(v. t.) To make great, or greater; to increase the dimensions of; to amplify; to enlarge, either in fact or in appearance; as, the microscope magnifies the object by a thousand diameters.
(3):
(v. t.) To increase the importance of; to augment the esteem or respect in which one is held.
(4):
(v. t.) To praise highly; to land; to extol.
(5):
(v. t.) To exaggerate; as, to magnify a loss or a difficulty.
(6):
(v. i.) To have effect; to be of importance or significance.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Magnify
1: μεγαλύνω (Strong's #3170 — Verb — megaluno — meg-al-oo'-no ) "to make great" (megas), is translated "to magnify" in Luke 1:46 ; in Luke 1:58 , RV, "had magnified (His mercy)," AV, "had shewed great (mercy);" Acts 5:13 ; 10:46 ; 19:17 ; 2 Corinthians 10:15 , RV (AV, "we shall be enlarged"), i.e., by their faith in its practical effect he will be so assisted as to enlarge the scope of his Gospel ministry and carry its message to regions beyond them; in Philippians 1:20 , of the "magnifying" of Christ by him in his body, i.e., in all his activities and ways. In Matthew 23:5 , it signifies "to enlarge." See ENLARGE.
Note: In Romans 11:13 , AV, the verb doxazo, "to glorify," is translated "I magnify (my office)," RV, "I glorify (my ministry)." See GLORIFY.

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Magnified - ) of Magnify...
Overmagnify - ) To Magnify too much
Magnifying - ) of Magnify...
Magnificate - ) To Magnify or extol
Magnify - Magnify, L. ...
To Magnify one's self, to raise in pride and pretensions. ...
He shall Magnify in his heart
Giddalti - GIDDALTI (‘I Magnify [1]’)
Exaggerate - ) To amplify; to Magnify; to enlarge beyond bounds or the truth ; to delineate extravagantly ; to overstate the truth concerning
Megaphone - ) A device to Magnify sound, or direct it in a given direction in a greater volume, as a very large funnel used as an ear trumpet or as a speaking trumpet
Extol - ) To elevate by praise; to eulogize; to praise; to Magnify; as, to extol virtue; to extol an act or a person
Magnify - ) To have the power of causing objects to appear larger than they really are; to increase the apparent dimensions of objects; as, some lenses Magnify but little. ) To exaggerate; as, to Magnify a loss or a difficulty
Enlarge - 1: μεγαλύνω (Strong's #3170 — Verb — megaluno — meg-al-oo'-no ) denotes "to make great" (from megas, "great"), Matthew 23:5 , "enlarge;" 2 Corinthians 10:15 , AV, "enlarged," RV, "magnified;" elsewhere in the AV it is rendered by the verb "to Magnify," except in Luke 1:58 , AV, "had showed great (mercy)," RV, "had magnified (His mercy); see Luke 1:46 ; Acts 5:13 ; 10:46 ; 19:17 ; Philippians 1:20 . See Magnify
Magnificat - (mawg nih' fi cat) Latin word meaning “magnify
Individualism - The tendency to Magnify individual liberty, as against external authority, and individual activity as against associated activity
Mote - ' The Lord Jesus was exposing the hypocrisy of those who see and Magnify small faults in others, and pass over greater ones in themselves, Matthew 7:3-5 ; Luke 6:41,42
Magnify - 1: μεγαλύνω (Strong's #3170 — Verb — megaluno — meg-al-oo'-no ) "to make great" (megas), is translated "to Magnify" in Luke 1:46 ; in Luke 1:58 , RV, "had magnified (His mercy)," AV, "had shewed great (mercy);" Acts 5:13 ; 10:46 ; 19:17 ; 2 Corinthians 10:15 , RV (AV, "we shall be enlarged"), i. , by their faith in its practical effect he will be so assisted as to enlarge the scope of his Gospel ministry and carry its message to regions beyond them; in Philippians 1:20 , of the "magnifying" of Christ by him in his body, i. ...
Note: In Romans 11:13 , AV, the verb doxazo, "to glorify," is translated "I Magnify (my office)," RV, "I glorify (my ministry)
Extol - ...
To raise in words or eulogy to praise to exalt in commendation to Magnify
Lorify - ) To make glorious in thought or with the heart, by ascribing glory to; to asknowledge the excellence of; to render homage to; to Magnify in worship; to adore
Magnificat, the - Canticle beginning Magnificat anima mea Dominum (My soul doth Magnify the Lord)
Canticle of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Canticle beginning Magnificat anima mea Dominum (My soul doth Magnify the Lord)
Pulpit - Well might Paul Magnify his office, for not only Glasgow but the city of our God 'flourishes by the preaching of the word
Glorify - To praise to Magnify and honor in worship to ascribe honor to, in thought or words
Exalt - ) To elevate by prise or estimation; to Magnify; to extol; to glorify
Benedicite - The Prelude, contained in the first verse, is a call to all theworks of the Lord to "praise Him and Magnify Him forever. All Mankind, from verse 26 to the end; this last division beinga call to mankind in general—the people of Israel, Priests andservants of the Lord, Spirits and Souls of the Righteous, and all"holy and humble men of heart," to praise the Lord and Magnify Himforever,—followed in Christian Worship by the Gloria Patri, as anact of high praise of the holy, blessed and adorable Trinity, madeknown to us by the Revelation of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
Praise - ) To extol in words or song; to Magnify; to glorify on account of perfections or excellent works; to do honor to; to display the excellence of; - applied especially to the Divine Being
Magnificat - The Latin title, meaning "doth Magnify," of the hymnsung after the First Lesson at Daily Evening Prayer
Bigotry - Some men Magnify the importance of their own little clique of believers by denying the godliness of all who differ from them
Nabuchodonosor ii - God punished him for his pride "Therefore, Nabuchodonosor, do now praise, and Magnify, and glorify the King of heaven: because all his works are true, and his ways judgments, and them that walk in pride he is able to abase" (Daniel 4)
Enlarge - ) To make larger; to increase in quantity or dimensions; to extend in limits; to Magnify; as, the body is enlarged by nutrition; to enlarge one's house
Exalt - To elevate in estimation and praise to Magnify to praise to extol
Boast - Magnify or exalt
Erect - ) To lift up; to elevate; to exalt; to Magnify
Magnify - …”...
In the reflexive stem gâdal may signify “to Magnify oneself. ” God says: “Thus will I Magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations …” ( Magnify itself against him that shaketh it?” ( Magnify yourselves against me, and plead against me my reproach …” (Job 19:5). A nuance appears in Job 7:17, where gâdal is in the intensive stem, suggesting an estimation of greatness: “What is man, that thou shouldest Magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him?” ( Enlarge - To increase in appearance to Magnify to the eye as by a glass
Bless - To praise to Magnify to extol, for excellencies
Horeb - It is from our misery Christ takes occasion to Magnify the glory of his mercy; and from the drought of Horeb, the rock that follows Israel, even Christ, furnished a fulness of living water to the soul
Matthew - But Matthew is not ashamed to own his identity with "the publican" in order to Magnify Christ's grace (Matthew 9:9), and in his catalogue of the apostles (Matthew 10:3)
Office - Insomuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I Magnify my office
Presumption - when they create, Magnify, and pervert their troubles; ...
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Noble - 42:21: “The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will Magnify the law, and make it honorable [3]
Gog - " (compare Ezekiel 39:2), who "shall do according to his will, and exalt and Magnify himself above every god, and speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall enter also into the glorious land and plant the tabernacles of his palaces between the seas in the glorious holy mountain, and shall come to his end," through Michael's interposition, after a "time of trouble such as never was since there was a nation" (Daniel 11:21-45; Daniel 12:1; Zechariah 13:9; Zechariah 14:2-3)
Merits - If ever you get to heaven, you will find that everything you did towards your own salvation, apart from the Lord Jesus, was about as useful as holding the rope; that in fact, the safety of the soul lies somewhere else, and not in you; and that what is wanted with you is just to get out of the way, and let Christ come in and Magnify his grace
Queen (2) - ’ Solomon was ‘wiser than all men’ (1 Kings 4:31), and later Jewish literature delighted to Magnify his wisdom (cf
Tent - Thus the “tents” of Judah are her inhabitants: “The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not Magnify themselves against Judah” ( Canticle - ...
My soul doth Magnify the Lord
Daniel the Prophet - Finally through them the Gentiles Magnify their God
Honor - Everywhere else it is translated by some form of the verb "to glorify," "have glory," or "be made glorious," except in Romans 11:13 , "magnify," AV
Shew - openly"); (15) apangello ("to announce"), Matthew 11:4 , "tell;" Matthew 12:18 , "declare;" Matthew 28:11 , "told;" Luke 14:21 , "told;" Acts 26:20 , "declare;" Acts 28:21 , "report;" 1 Thessalonians 1:9 , "report;" 1 John 1:2 , "declare;" (16) In Luke 1:58 , AV, megaluno, to Magnify (RV), is rendered "shewed great
Tittle - And apart from polemics altogether, there was this positive reason why He should ‘magnify the law and make it honourable’—He knew (Mark 7:17) that the very purpose of His coming was, not to destroy it, but to fulfil
Exaltation - Antiochus IV Epiphanes arrogantly tried to stamp out Jewish worship, foreshadowing a future ruler who would exalt and Magnify himself against the Lord (Daniel 8:23-25 ; 11:36-37 )
Ark of the Covenant - The adventures of the ark in the cities of Ashdod, Gath, and Ekron are told to Magnify the strength and glory of the Lord of the ark
Silvester, Bishop of Rome - But probably the whole epistle (note its general anachronism of tone) is a forgery intended to Magnify the Roman see
Praise - Words that are often used as synonyms or in parallel with "praise, " and so help point to its meaning, are "bless, " "exalt, " "extol, " "glorify, " "magnify, " "thank, " and "confess
Sadducees (2) - It has been maintained that the attitude of the Sadducees was largely determined by their desire to Magnify the importance of the priesthood; but Schürer denies that any such motive can be traced
Love - ...
In the Writings of John The Johannine writings Magnify the significance of love as forcefully and fully as any other writings
Mary - Then Mary praised God, saying, "My soul doth Magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour," &c
Creation - ...
The three doxologies in Amos (Amos 4:13 ; Amos 5:8-9 ; Amos 9:5-6 ) Magnify God the Creator and Controller of creation
Reason - A pamphlet was published about the middle of the last century that made a noise in its day, although it is now forgotten, entitled, "Christianity not founded on Argument," which, while to a careless reader it may seem to Magnify the Gospel, does in reality tend to undermine our faith, by separating it from a rational assent; and Mr
Wisdom - But there was already manifest a marked tendency to Magnify the ethical and religious elements of ‘wisdom,’ which later came to their full recognition
Praise (2) - in the liturgical formula חַללוּ־יָה = Hallelujah), חוֹדָה ‘give thanks’ (Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 ), בֵּרַךְ ‘bless,’ וִכֵּד ‘make melody’; rare synonyms are—שִׁבַּח’ ‘laud’ (but very frequent in Jewish liturgy), רוֹמֵם ‘exalt,’ נִּרֵּל, חִנְרִּיל ‘magnify
Joseph And Mary - ...
It is to the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth that we owe the Magnificat, the last Old Testament psalm, and the first New Testament hymn, "My soul doth Magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour
Almighty - He cannot love sin, nor punish innocence; for this would destroy his holiness and goodness: and therefore to ascribe a power to him that is inconsistent with the rectitude of his nature, is not to Magnify but debase him; for all unrighteousness is weakness, a defection from right reason, a deviation from the perfect rule of action, and arises from a want of goodness and power
Egypt - But the inclination of the Egyptian historians to Magnify the great antiquity of their nation has destroyed their credibility
Praise - With angels and archangels we land and Magnify, saying ‘Holy, Holy, Holy
Sanctification, Sanctify - ]'>[3]1 as ‘sanctified’ when His awe-awakening judgments bring men to acknowledge His Deity and character; in this connexion ‘sanctify’ is parallel to ‘magnify,’ ‘glorify,’ ‘exalt,’ as in Ezekiel 36:23 ; Ezekiel 38:23
Deuteronomy, the Book of - A forger would Magnify the miracles in referring to them; Moses alludes to them as notorious, and uses them only as an incentive to enforce obedience
Law - Even Israel's frequent apostasies Magnify the divine power and wisdom which by such seemingly inadequate instruments effected His purpose of preserving true religion and morality, when all the philosophic and celebrated nations sank deeper and deeper into idolatry and profligacy
Atonement - The voluntary sufferings of the Divine Son of God "for us," that is, in our room and stead, Magnify the justice of God; display his hatred to sin; proclaim "the exceeding sinfulness" of transgression, by the deep and painful manner in which they were inflicted upon the Substitute; warn the persevering offender of the terribleness, as well as the certainty, of his punishment; and open the gates of salvation to every penitent
Miriam - Hear me, lest otherwise they should rejoice over me; when my foot slippeth they Magnify themselves against me
Holy Spirit, Gifts of - ...
Service, giving, mercy, and helps also Magnify character traits that all believers should exemplify
Ebionism And Ebionites - Hence such Ebionites tended to exalt the Old at the expense of the New to Magnify Moses and the Prophets and to allow Jesus Christ to be "nothing more than a Solomon or a Jonas" (Tertull
Barnabas, Epistle of - as ὑπὲρ πᾶσαν ἁμαρτίαν ἀνομώτεροι; for these words are simply introduced to Magnify the grace of Christ in calling not the righteous but sinners to repentance
Job, Theology of - He is the exalted and sovereign Teacher whom Job should not try to correct; rather Job should Magnify his strength and power through song (36:21-24) and meditate reverently on his awesome majesty and wonderful works in nature (37:1-2,14-18,22-24)
Vicarious Sacrifice - There has been a tendency since asceticism invaded the Church, and the body was made the seat of sin,—and to crucify it was considered a way to please God,—to Magnify the importance of the physical sufferings of Christ and make them the supreme sacrifice through which remission of sins has come
Christ in Reformation Theology - Their confessions abound in expressions which are meant to Magnify the Person and work of Christ, and to show that He fills the whole field of believing thought and worship; and, as Reformation the
Nestorius And Nestorianism - This doctrine, essentially Monophysite as it was, he did not scruple to attribute to his Syrian opponents in order to Magnify the concessions he made to them (Neander, iv